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Do you Pinterest?

Several years back, my friend Sara convinced a bunch of authors on a writers’ retreat to join Pinterest, so that we could see her extensive boards of potential character pictures. After that, I went a little Pinterest-happy, making all sorts of boards for projects I was working on, crochet patterns I liked, and even clothes I thought were cute. But for the most part, I use Pinterest for the first of those things.

If you’re a writer who’s interested in Pinterest, I encourage you to check it out. You can find all sorts of stuff on there–I’ve got a post-apocalyptic novel that I’ve been working on for a while, on and off, that has one of my most extensive Pinterest boards. Because of it, I get all sort of doomsday prepper advice that pops up as recommended pins on Pinterest. But since it’s relevant to the novel, it’s worth seeing! I also made one board for a story involving witches, and I still have “spells” pop up on my feed from time to time.

Here’s a sample of one of my Pinterest boards for a story I finished, set after World War II. (You can click through the photo to see the actual board, if you have a Pinterest account.) I used it to collect some images of nurses in the era, as well as fashion for describing what my characters were wearing. And of course, I tossed in some Peggy Carter pictures for her fantastic hair and makeup. The images here played in to my story “Red Scare,” which appeared in Sparx & Arrows. All the images I needed, saved in one convenient place, so I could take a look at them if I needed help with a description or just a moment of inspiration for where to take the story next!


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